Senior VP Strategy & Operations BDO Canada
20 years of progressive policy experience has made Max Brault an Accessibility leader. His focus was on employment equity and the advancement of workplace accessibility. He also fought for improving career development for people with disabilities. Max also helped guide the federal government toward new and progressive accessibility legislation. The result was that in 2019, Bill C-81 became the Accessible Canada Act.
Also in 2019, Max joined BDO Canada as the Vice-president of Strategy and Operations. But he continues to fight for Accessibility issues in the private and public sectors. His vision is to show the world that disabled Canadians contribute to society. And he also demonstrates that they contribute to successful business ventures.
Accessible Digital Media Specialist Accessibility TV
Dean Emerick is one of Canada’s leading digital producers. He is an expert in digital communications, Organic SEO and Online Marketing Campaigns. He’s currently working on the launch of Canada’s first Accessible online digital channel which focusses on the Business of Accessibility.
Dean is a thought leader and innovator in digital communications. He uploaded his first video to YouTube in 2007 and then created The Shotgun Show. It is an engaging online Business series which took place in a car, years before Jerry Seinfeld launched his now famous online show. His results were impressive with over 500,000 views and 15,000 subscribers to his channel. He also worked on some of North American’s most successful Feature Films, TV series which includes working with Canada’s most well-known brands, people-of-note and top celebrities.
His current focus is to assist companies, organizations and government departments to take advantage of the current global situation. After all, it is not often that you have a Captive Audience! Now is the time to reconnect your followers, engage your friends and exponentially multiply your connections, because our current situation will eventually recede. And when it does, you will want to know How to Go From Flattening the Curve to Riding the Wave.
Chief Strategist Village PR
Heather Badenoch believes in the power of not-for-profits and the strength they have to effect change for people, animals and our environment. As the Chief Strategist at Village PR she has advised health, disability, food security, community and environmental clients. From strategic communications planning to media training, Heather works creatively with her clients to accomplish their goals.
In 2002, Heather left private sector communications to find meaningful work that aligned with her values. Feeling an instant connection to individuals relentlessly dedicated to change, she found her calling in the not-for-profit sector and has never looked back.
In her career of supporting organizations across Canada for more than fifteen years, Heather has developed a deep appreciation and understanding of the players, pressures and meaningful work being done by the not-for-profit sector. In early 2018, Heather became a living liver donor for a stranger in Toronto; for a child she’s never met.
Senior Director of Business Solutions Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
Jamie Burton is the new Senior Director of Business Solutions at CCRW, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation & Work; the only National organization with the sole focus of employment and disability. Working with her Business Solutions team, Jamie is currently leading the design of a suite of solutions to meet the needs of businesses in response to accessibility and employment for people with disabilities.
Jamie is seconded from her position as the Vice-President of Dolphin Digital Technologies. Dolphin is a communication technologies firm widely recognized for the use of technology to tackle social issues. Jamie recognized early on in her career the importance of business making a social impact and helped innovate and implement the first barrier-free hiring strategy for persons with disabilities in Canada. Determined to take the opportunity to drive change in business, Jamie founded Disabilities Mentoring Day in 2011, which has grown from one city to 20 cities in 5 provinces across Canada 159 participating businesses. A true advocate, Jamie has represented Canada on the global stage, speaking about the business advantages of hiring people with disabilities.
Founder & CEO OpenConcept Consulting Inc.
Mike is the CEO of OpenConcept Consulting Inc. and Drupal Core Accessibility Maintainer. Mike founded the first Ottawa Accessibility Unconference Dec 2, 2011. Since that time he has been involved in co-organizing multiple accessibility events in Ottawa. He has presented at several global accessibility conferences including A11yLondon, CSUN & M-Enabling. Mike built a tech company based on collaboration knowing that only by working together, can we address the world’s most important challenges. Digital accessibility is a technical problem, but more importantly it is a systems problem. OpenConcept is now doing assessment, training and leadership guidance for organizations looking to build a more digitally inclusive workforce.